To find items owned by the library, search the library catalog. By default you will be searching by keywords.
Using the Browse Search is another good strategy. You can browse By subject, By author, or By title. Browsing by subject may be particularly useful; try a subject browse for united states history revolution. To find books about particular people, browse by subject using the person's last name. Here are just a few other subjects that might be useful to browse:
- United States -- History -- Colonial period
- United States -- Politics and government -- To 1775
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809
- United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)
- Constitutional history -- United States
- Revolutionaries -- United States -- 18th century
- Sons of Liberty
- Boston Tea Party, 1773
Be sure to ask a librarian for other ideas, or consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), a guide to the terms commonly used in catalogs like ours. The LCSH can be found on the web at the Library of Congress Authorities or the Library of Congress Subject Headings or on the shelves behind the reference desk on the first floor of the library.
Books are arranged on the library's shelves by Library of Congress Classification. This is a system which organizes materials by general subjects. Once you have a call number from searching the library catalog, see this guide to call number locations at Mudd and the library floor maps to find out where a book might be on the shelves.
Search our library catalog for materials in our library; try WorldCat to find materials beyond the Mudd. Make sure you've thoroughly searched our library before going to WorldCat. See a reference librarian if you need help.
Databases for Articles and More
The best index to use will depend on your topic. Be sure to check the Electronic Resources page for other options.
Once you have a citation for an article on your topic, try using the button. If you don't find it, you can submit a request for interlibrary loan (ILL) of a copy of the article: ILL takes about 7-10 days, so plan ahead. See the library's Interlibrary Loan page for more information.
Don't forget that the library still receives a significant number of publications in paper; these are housed on Level A (between the first and second floors of the library). You will want to search the library catalog for the title of the journal (not the title of the article) to see if the library owns the volume you need.
About Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan is a service that provides access to materials needed for academic research that are not accessible through the Seeley G. Mudd Library. This service is available to all students, staff, and faculty of the Lawrence University community at no charge.
Log in to here to your ILLiad Interlibrary Loan account with your Lawrence University username and password.
About this Guide
The sources listed in this guide were chosen for the relevant coverage they provide, but these are only a few starting points for your research. Direct links are provided to Internet resources and searchable databases, as well as links to the library's online catalog.
As always, if you have any questions be sure to ask a Reference Librarian.